Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout - Kiuchi Brewery
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3.68/5 rDev -6.1%
Very coffeeish and coffee ground stout.Very well roasted coffee grinds and some cocoa chocolate, with above average even thick mouthfeel. Decent stout, and not reminding me of the typical American made one, which is a good change of pace. Not much of a head. Understated carbonation.
02-03-2008 03:08:14 | More by Sammy
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, slight cookie dough, and coffee and espresso bean aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and slightly astringent coffee/espresso flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some very nice coffee and espresso aromas and flavors that make it easy to drink.
07-15-2013 07:48:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.85/5 rDev -1.8%
A: It poured dark black with a medium-sized mocha colored head that slowly died down into a thin layer of patterns of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of dark, roasted malts with some hints of chocolate and coffee.
T: The taste is very rich and filled with roasted coffee and chocolaty flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and relatively smooth; there is some dryness in the finish.
D: This is definitely a beer to let warm up and then slowly sip; there's no way I could have more than one of these in a sitting.
04-23-2010 03:07:30 | More by metter98
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
Glossy mahogany with accents of copper and orange. The burnt sienna colored cap filled most of the glass on the pour and is still at three fingers after several minutes. What a lovely looking chunk of foam. An abundance of beautiful, sticky lace is seen as well.
Anyone who likes coffee-added beer will like the aroma. There's a little too much sourness for it to be considered great, which is really the only chink in the olfactory armor. Java isn't as thunderous as it could be, but then balance is probably preferable anyway.
Espresso Stout is the real deal. The underlying tartness of the nose is also appreciated on the palate. It's minor (some might say negligible), but I prefer my big stouts to be sweet, bitter or bittersweet. There is a fair amount of bitterness, and sweetness is noted as well.
Those who hate the way that some coffee beer tastes like cold coffee rather than beer will find a lot to like with HNES. The brewers at Kiuchi have added just enough espresso beans to complement the RIS base beer rather than overwhelm it. Other than those mentioned above, flavors include dark caramel, dark fruit, vanilla and slightly sour milk.
The mouthfeel doesn't quite measure up since it's on the thin side for the style and the ABV. A certain amount of chewiness is needed in all big stouts as far as I'm concerned. Ease of drinkablity is high, however. No hint of alcohol helps too.
Kiuchi is my favorite Japanese brewery by a long shot. Celebration Ale, White Ale and XH are all outstanding. Espresso Stout is good as well, but it fails to run with the big dogs in the increasingly popular world of coffee stouts. $4.75 per bottle doesn't do it any favors either.
03-17-2009 12:45:31 | More by BuckeyeNation
4/5 rDev +2%
Appearance: Pours a very dark coffee color with a mocha head that is a little disappointing in its retention, but leaves quite a few dots of lace
Smell: There's a lot of coffee aroma, but it is most certainly a dark roast espresso, somewhat charred
Taste: Rather fruity, almost blueberry-like for a brief moment (Ethiopian Yirgacheffe?), but the roasty espresso flavors quickly move to dominate the flavor profile; the coffee flavors have considerable bitterness and char, but the blueberry fruit persists underneath, after the swallow and acts to mellow out the flavor profile
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: This is one powerful brew and while I don't particularly care for the Charbucks element, it is worth seeking out
07-08-2009 01:01:47 | More by brentk56
4.5/5 rDev +14.8%
Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of espresso coffee is gorgeous with some notes of roasted malt also noticeable. Taste is a well balance mix between some roasted malt, nice black chocolate notes with some lactose also noticeable. Full creamy body is perfect for the style with no discernable alcohol. I must admit having been surprised by the creamy body and the nice balance between all the element in this beer.
03-10-2008 16:50:50 | More by Phyl21ca
3.83/5 rDev -2.3%
Certainly an espresso-focused stout and among the most highly tauted of the Hitachino brand, this robust stout showcases the coffee very well and with little inflection from many other beer characteristics.
Dark brown, but not black, the beer displays mohogany highlights through the light-permiable glow. A delicate off-white creme forms on the beer and holds firm through about half of the session before faltering. The look of the beer seems more like espresso than beer.
Strong espresso aromas dominate the nose with subtle maltiness, caramels, alcohols, or esters that struggle to balance the roast. No real hop presence or interference from any other beery aspects in the aromatics of the stout.
Again, very solid espresso flavor with a modest support from deeply caramelized malts, licorice, burnt cocoa, and heavy toast. As the espresso flavors take hold, I realize that the beer offers no real reprieve or balance from the coffee taste, bitterness, or intensity.
As strong as the coffee flavors are, the beer could use more of a malty mouthfeel to keep the beer from feeling like espresso and more like a substantial stout. The beer struggles to acheive the body of an American stout, much less a Russian Imperial.
The beer has a bold and elegant display of espresso roasted coffees. But the lack of balancing malt flavor, sweetness, and complexity; the beer gives me a one-diminsional quality with little intrigue or interest.
07-14-2010 03:14:06 | More by BEERchitect
4.33/5 rDev +10.5%
375ml bottle poured into a Pint Glass
A Poured a very thick and fully opaque deep dark brown, which was essentially black with a large three finger high head of tan colored lace across the top. Very slow retention as the head on this one literally hung around for the entire session giving it a very full dessert like appearance. Really a wonderful treat.
S The aroma was full of coffee and chocolate. Lots of sweet roasted coffee and milk chocolate that you really had a tough time getting past. Very warm and inviting aroma, this one really had a load of sugar in it. Nice burnt caramel and perhaps even a touch of Vanilla towards the end. Very nice indeed.
T The flavor was wonderful. A very nice full coffee stout, something I always love. The first taste you get is that of deep espresso with a hint of vanilla and sugar. This rolls very nicely and actually has quite a long lingering profile to it. After a few minutes you can start to pick up a bit more of the sugar notes inside and some of the chocolate notes that were lying way underneath. A slightly hopped finish dried out and made the ending very nice and full.
M A very full bodied stout. This was a creamy dessert beer to the fullest of the word. A very nice shake like feel to it, with the ample carbonation actually serving to bring out even more of the flavor. Long lasting finish kept you coming back for more.
D This was the perfect cold night in front of the fire type sipper. Really a great choice to hang out with while you watch TV. I really enjoyed the fullness of it and the rich coffee textures just added to an already superb experience.
Overall this was definitely a winner. It was my first one from the brewery but I can promise it will not be the last. A really excellent choice this was a full on dessert in of itself. Not only would I not turn this down, I will be actively seeking it out any time I see it. Go get this if you love nice full flavored stouts, you will not be disappointed.
12-20-2007 00:29:11 | More by mikesgroove
4.15/5 rDev +5.9%
A: The pour is nearly black with a thin tan head.
S: The nose has plenty of strong coffee to it along with quite a bit of bittersweet chocolate. A bit of burnt malt, and licorice.
T: The coffee flavor is up front and lightly bitter. The chocolate provides a nice sweetness along with a smooth, creamy flavor that I was not expecting.
M: The body is medium and really just quite smooth. The beer is fairly lowly carbonated.
D: Pretty easy to drink for an "imperial" stout. Nice coffee flavor and an even more impressive chocolate quality.
07-09-2010 06:43:22 | More by womencantsail
4.33/5 rDev +10.5%
This is one of the purest coffee brews available. Pours Espresso black with a thick firm brown head.
Pure espresso nose opens up with some air and as it warms to pure bitter chocolate pleasant nose.
Intense espresso and bitter chocolate flavors, that, again, as it gets some air and warms a bit develops into a sweet, full, creamy espresso/coffee/dark chocolate character and flavor, with a hop balance. Hops are there but not overwhelming. The coffee/dark chocolate character is the star here.
Strong and long espresso and hop finish. A really nice dessert or after dinner beer. I really recommend room temperature to get the most out of this one.
07-01-2009 00:34:08 | More by GRG1313
3.65/5 rDev -6.9%
Appearance: Pours a pitch black body with a full, rich tan-colored head. Alright, this looks pretty solid.
Smell: A very aromatic, expressive nose of heavily roasted coffee beans. While there is a bit of roasted malts and dark, dark chocolate, it's mostly all cold coffee.
Taste: Powerful coffee taste through and through. Only a teensy bit of malty sweetness manages to get past it as does a very faint spiciness. The finish is packed with roasty bitterness and lingers incessantly.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Smooth, nearly oily mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Good for you, Hitachino. Espresso Stout is a beer that deserves polite, though not particularly raucous applause. Let's keep our heads, folks.
08-11-2007 04:17:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.3/5 rDev +9.7%
Was really excited to see this one on the shelf at my local shop. They always have a good amount of Hitachino on the shelves and every time something new shows up I get it because I find them to always be pretty good.
So anyway the Stout pours out in typical fashion, it's got a solid black body with a strong looking brown head on it. Some pretty nice lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is roasted and has plenty of coffee on the nose. I'm even picking up some of the lactose sourness on the nose too. The taste has got to be the best part of this brew. I find that the coffee tastes great in this beer, the bitterness blends really well with the creaminess of it all too. The mouthfeel has a really good thickness to it, giving me the feeling that they really did want to make it feel like an Imperial Stout. Good carbonation also. Overall Very good beer, probably my favorite from this brewery so far!
07-03-2011 04:47:27 | More by Knapp85
4.13/5 rDev +5.4%
I was hoping Hitachio Nest was gonna have a new Celebration ale for the year but no luck there but this newer offering was a nice find.Poured into a pint glass a jet black with a thin but tight formed dark mocha colored head,big dark roast coffee in the nose infused with orange-like fruitiness and bitter chocolate.Roasted to the hilt flavors only light caramel sweetness,very earthy with deep penetrating espresso/dark roast coffee flavors.This big stout gets to the point with its heavily roasted dryer character and the alcohol is pretty well hidden although its deep roastiness may get a bit much after awhile,still very solid.
12-14-2007 00:13:42 | More by oberon
4.38/5 rDev +11.7%
Pours an oily black, with a brown cookie-dough head. As it settles, black rivulets slowly cascade through the foam. Surface is dimpled, and resembles a fresh baked cookie. Spotty lacing leaves a ring aroud the glass.
Aroma of coffee tree berries and blossoms, fresh roasted coffee beans, and dark chocolate.
Low acidity, with mild bitterness. There's still a strong, well-integrated coffee prescence that I love. Rich, thick mouthfeel...like liquid Black Forest cake without the coconut. Deep black roasted malts, leaving a dark trail down the throat. Not a monster stout, but decadent, balanced and well-crafted.
Recommended to coffee stout fans, you owe it to yourself to seek this out.
08-25-2007 01:40:31 | More by emerge077
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
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